Star Readers 14th December 2021
Congratulations to this half term’s Star Readers.
Well done to Oscar who is trying really hard with his reading and is reading every day in school. Brilliant, keep it up Oscar!
Ellie is now enjoying reading and finds the books she is choosing interesting. Great news Ellie!
Jet is challenging himself by reading longer books. Fantastic Jet!
Aussie has gone from being a reluctant reader to a very confident reader and in his own words, “I really enjoy reading now”. That is great news Aussie!
12 sets of book shelves stocked and ready for the launch of ‘Book Buzz’ on Monday’. An early Christmas present for our amazing children!
A huge thank you to the PTA for their donation of £2000 to purchase new non-fiction books for the library. Here is the first selection of books purchased using some of the money.
Here are just a few of the comments the children made about the books:
”Thank you! I get most of my general knowledge from information books”.
”It’s really nice to have books about people I have heard of because it is interesting to learn about other people’s lives”
”Lots of children will enjoy these books”
The children are looking forward to the next books which will be purchased using this generous donation.
Well done to this half term’s Star Readers!
Izzy has really focussed on aiming for her reading target challenge this half term. Well done Izzy!
Joe who is doing well with his quizzes. Keep it up Joe!
Max who is really enjoying reading his books. Keep reading Max!
Austin who is enjoying reading his books from the library. Keep reading Austin!
At Book Club we read the book The Moth’s Whisper by Miranda Barlow. We then enjoyed making moths using plastic milk bottles, marker pens and UV pens. These moths will be sent to Glasgow to form part of the mass participation art installation ‘Moths To A Flame’ at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow at the beginning of November.
In Palm class, we have been story mapping our new class text “Augustus and his smile”. We are doing this to try and help us learn the story, learn all of its features and expand our vocabulary. We have really enjoyed working as a team and making actions to go alongside the words. We are very resilient when practicing our story mapping as we often forget the words or actions and remind ourselves that mistakes are our friends! We think it might be one of our favourite books we have learnt about so far.
Over the last two weeks, Year 5 have immersed themselves in the fantastic book, ‘FArTHER’ by Grahame Baker-Smith. By looking at the different strands needed to truly understand a book, they have produced a journey of work slowly unravelling the story. Have a look below at some of the different learning objectives we explored.
Here are some great photos from the children who were at home learning on World Book Day.
It looks like you all had a great World Book Day!
We had so much fun for World Book Day today! We all dressed up in fantastic costumes and were so excited to show our friends. We were very creative and made some of our costumes at home! 🙂
We discussed our favourite stories and used our oracy skills to explain why we liked them so much. Miss Banning shared her favourite stories with us too. They were called ‘Whiff’ and ‘Helpful Henry’.
We then completed an exciting maths activity all about ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. We used cubes to measure the broomstick and used our metacognition minds to plan, monitor and evaluate our learning. We discovered that the broom was 7 cubes long.
Have a look at our amazing costumes:
Remote learning didn’t get in the way of our celebrations today. All the children bought their favourite book to our zoom sessions to share why they loved that book so much! Have a look at all of the different books we shared.
Year 6 have been enjoying World Book Day today! During our Zoom sessions, we dressed up as our favourite book characters and listened to a small part of one of Miss Tapp’s favourite childhood books. We shared some of our own favourite stories and books and had a go at a book emoji quiz!
Year 2 have been having some fun on zoom today as it is World book Day. They listened to Miss Franks’ favourite story and they all shared their thoughts about their favourite story. Some dressed up and others re-designed book covers of their favourite books or even created their own.
They also had fun completing word-searches about Harry Potter and Roald Dahl as well as writing book reviews.
Well Done Year 2!!!
Around the School in 13 Bubbles!
I was lucky enough to take a socially distanced journey around the school to take some photos of the children dressed up for World Book Day. There were some fantastic costumes from all year groups. Thank you to everyone who joined in both at school and at home. Photos of the children who are currently home learning will be added to the blog at a later date.
Year 6 Jacob
Jacob is an avid reader and at every opportunity spends time reading. I had to interrupt Jacob reading to award him with his Star Reader bookmark. Keep reading Jacob!
Year 5 Isobel
Isobel loves reading and frequently visits the library to choose another book by Jacqueline Wilson. Brilliant Isobel!
Year 4 Cameron
Cameron is an avid reader who enjoys both reading and quizzing on his books. Keep it up Cameron!
Year 3 Evie
Evie enjoys a visit to the library to choose her next book. Well done Evie!
Year 6 Maisie
Maisie has recently increased her reading range and thoroughly enjoys sitting reading a good book. Brilliant Maisie!
Year 5 Alex
Alex is such an avid reader that I had to interrupt him reading a book to award him his Star Reader bookmark. Fantastic Alex!
Year 4 Evie
Evie enjoys a wide variety of genres and loves visiting the library to choose her next book. Keep it up Evie!
Year 3 Harry
Harry enjoys reading and is always happy to tell you about the latest book he has read. Brilliant Harry!
Year 6 Isla
Isla is really enjoying reading at the moment and is getting amazing quiz results. Keep it up Isla!
Year 5 Saffy
Saffy is an avid reader and chooses lots of different genres to read. Fantastic Saffy!
Year 4 Amelia
Amelia is achieving fantastic results on all her book quizzes and enjoys coming to the library to change her books. Amazing Amelia!
Year 3 Josie
Josie is an avid reader and enjoys visiting the library regularly to change her books. Keep reading Josie!
Year 6 Mia
Mia has discovered she loves reading. Brilliant Mia, keep it up!
Year 5 Kitty
Kitty is achieving fantastic results in her reading quizzes. Amazing work Kitty!
Year 4 Lacey
Lacey is really enjoying her reading and loves visiting the library to change her books. Well done Lacey!
Year 3 Gracie-Mae
Gracie-Mae is a really enthusiastic reader. Keep it up Gracie-Mae!
Year 6 Amelia
Amelia has become an avid reader and is making fantastic progress with her reading target. Amazing Amelia!
Year 5 Oliver
Oliver has become an enthusiastic reader. Keep reading Oliver!
Year 4 Ethan
Ethan is a regular visitor to the library to change his book after completing a book quiz. Brilliant Ethan!
Year 3 Patrick
Patrick loves reading and reads whenever he can. Fantastic Patrick!
Year 6 Lewis
Well done Lewis you are really challenging yourself with your reading. Keep it up!
Year 5 Evie
Evie is really enthusiastic about reading the Roald Dahl books. Amazing Evie!
Year 4 Henry
Henry is trying really hard with his reading and getting some great quiz results. Keep going Henry!
Year 3 Rufus
Rufus is an enthusiastic reader. Keep reading Rufus!
If you are struggling to find a book to read try the reading challenge! In your range find a book that has the colours of an Autumn leaf, read the blurb on the back to find a book that appeals to you. Enjoy your Autumn reading.
Congratulations to this week’s Star Readers
Year 6 Aston
Aston is showing great determination with his reading. Well done Aston!
Year 5 Jude
Jude is making a really determined effort to achieve his reading target. Keep going Jude!
Year 4 Zerren
Zerren is showing a really positive attitude towards reading and choosing books. Keep it up Zerren!
Year 3 Lauren
Lauren shows great enthusiasm towards reading and visiting the library. Amazing Lauren!
Alissia has shown fantastic resilience and determination with her reading and quizzing. Amazing results Alissia keep up the good work!
Archie is becoming an avid reader with some great quiz results. Keep reading Archie!
Millie has been challenging herself to read and quiz on longer stories with great results. Well done Millie!
Maddie is making a great effort with her reading. Keep it up Maddie!
What a busy few days we have had back in Oak Class and the children have all grown in more ways than one. It has been delightful to be back amongst such a friendly, happy and delightful bunch.
We have been learning about worries that we might have and thinking of ideas that could help us solve them. When we revisited the school rules we discussed what they ‘look like’ and what we would expect to see. Today, we had our first trip to the library and chose our first books. This was particularly exciting and we are planning on visiting again in the week so we can change them after we have quizzed on them. Everyone was keen to be able to have a go on the Chromebooks. We have a few experts amongst us but a few of us will need to keep practising how to log in and create documents.
We are looking forward to more exciting learning and time spent with our friends.
We love see what you have been up to. It is wonderful to see so many of you completing the Google Forms. Please do keep sharing your learning with us through photos or sharing your documents online.
Here is a science project carried out. They thought carefully about the type of scientific enquiry they might do (observation, research or a test)
Learning about parts of a plant.
Learning about flowers.
Creating a glossary to help with using scientific words in an extended write.
Matching words to their meaning.
Finding features of fiction books.
John Dougherty author of over 30 books including ‘There’s a Pig Up My Nose’ and the ‘Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face’ series of books was in school reading extracts from his story and poetry books. John also played his guitar and sang songs with the children. There was time for questions and answers at the end of each session.
John stayed at the end of the day to sign copies of his books.
We are very grateful to The Helen Foundation for funding this event and the Pavilions Teignmouth for helping us to organise it.
Year 1 children were invited to the library after school where they enjoyed colouring in butterfly pictures and making butterflies. The session finished with the children listening to the ‘Monkey Puzzle’ story. There was some great audience participation.
The children all looked amazing in their World Book Day costumes, thank you to everyone that helped with the costumes.
In addition to dressing up for World Book Day, we held a Share a Million Stories assembly. The children sat and listened to a story called “Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella” which is 100 years old! We also had a visitor from Morrisons in Teignmouth who presented us with a selection of books for our library, these were received by two of our librarians. Thank you very much Morrisons.
Foundation children were invited to the library after school where they enjoyed colouring in pictures of Zog and making Zog masks. The session finished with the children listening to the story of Zog with some great audience participation.
One of our hard-working librarians has been helping Mrs Hurt to collect the ‘Share a Million Stories’ totals from each of the classes.
The total of stories shared so far are a whopping 1374!
Well done everyone; keep on sharing!
Year Two have been enjoying the story George’s Marvellous Medicine. We took inspiration from George’s recipe and created our own concoctions. What would you include in yours?
Classes in Key Stage 2 are once again competing to see who can reach their class Accelerated Reader target first. Who will be the first to the sun?!
Wow, what a day we’ve had celebrating books and reading. The children made a wonderful effort with their costumes and absolutely loved being read to and sharing books with Year 4. What a treat!
Every morning in Oak class we really enjoy our reading and quizzing time. We enjoy discussing the new books we have chosen and we are all beginning to identify what we particularly like about specific genres, but also what we don’t like.
This afternoon, Oak class ventured to the library to choose our next reading books. We refreshed our memories of what our ranges are and chose appropriate books. Some of us have even decided to start a book club!
Thank you Year 6!
Lots of children in Fir Class have made a fantastic start to the term and are already climbing the reading tree! How many more can get of the ground in the next few days I wonder?
Maple and Cherry Class got together today to listen to each other read, to make new friends and develop our love of books. What was your favourite book?
To celebrate World Book day, Oak Class have paired up and read stories to Willow Class. It was lovely to see the children sharing stories together!
Welcome back Year 3! We had a great day yesterday and have started our second day back by visiting the library. We have all chosen our first books of the year. Will any of us move up the tree this week? We hope so!
Ebony Class started this morning with a visit to our fantastic school library to choose new books and to take some time to devour the words from their books quietly. What a great way to start the week!
Take a look at those children edging their way up the reading tree.
The boys are currently leading the way.
A great start to the day in our wonderful book day costumes! We loved having visitors from Redwood class come and read to us this morning. Fantastic sharing and celebration of the written word.
World Book day is here and there is no better way to celebrate than reading your favourite books. Fir class travelled down to Maple and were able to share their fantastic fancy dress and stories that they enjoy.
Here are some pictures,
Willow Class and Redwood Class spent a lovey half hour sharing stories this morning. Redwood Class used their best reading voices to bring their stories to life!
Thanks to three children and sixty-six small dogs, reading targets have been smashed at Hazeldown School this term! Year 3 and 4 have been enjoying ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ while Year 5 have all shared the story of ‘The Railway Children’ this term. Year 6 are almost finished with ‘The Wolf Wilder’ so I am expecting a turbo-charged surge from them very soon!
Congratulations to Bonsai Class who are this terms winners…..already! I wonder who will come second?
Well done everyone, keep reading!
It’s break time at Hazeldown and the Library is full of eager readers…
Cherry Class have just finished the book they received for Christmas, ‘Pugs of the Frozen North.’ It was a FANTASTIC book which had them laughing out loud at various points. They’ve chosen to read ‘The BFG’ yet – hopefully it will be just as good!
After a term spent doing lots of reading, these are the final positions on the reading tree. Look how many children exceeded their targets and ended up on the ceiling!!
A huge THANKYOU to everyone who visited our book fair at the start of this half term. I have been able to purchase £350 worth of books and resources for our library from commission through sales.
So, all my many Tom Gates fans will be pleased to see…
Congratulations Holly Class, you have collectively reached 100% of your reading target!
Now the race for second continues…